Indian 'Spider-Man' scales walls bare-handed

Jyoti Raju says he has "metal rods" in his body from his many injuries while climbing.
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Nov. 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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CHITRADURGA, India, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An Indian man dubbed "Spider-Man" for his ability to scale buildings with his bare hands says he has his sights set on the world's tallest skyscraper.

Jyoti Raju, 27, regularly wows locals and tourists by scaling the walls of a 17th century fort near his home in Chitradurga and he says he practices every day by climbing any surface he can find.

"I have been given the nickname Spider-Man by many people," Raju told the Daily Mail. "I have never used safety gear while climbing. I have injured myself many times. I have metal rods all over my body from injuries. But I like pain, I will not feel bad if I get hurt -- instead I accept it is a part of what I do."

Raju said his goal is to scale the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

"An Indian should climb it and set the world record. If myself or one of my students achieves that, then I will be more than happy," he said.

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